Last month, Ivory Coast lost, Chieck Tiote, one of its biggest export in the past decade after he collapsed in training at his Chinese club.

Now, the Ivorian football federation is having to mourn another footballer after 29-year-old Eugene Koffi Kouame who plays for Turkish side, Egirdirspor, died after collapsing during a football match at the Koumassi Stadium in Abidjan South.

The striker was playing a football match with a group of friends on Monday, when he passed out and was rushed to a hospital. But emergency treatment failed to revive him and was later confirmed dead.

Confirming the sad news, his club in a statement indicated that Kouma suffered a heart attack, leading to his death on Monday.

“It is while wanting to maintain the form with buddies and other footballers at the economic capital, that he met the death due to a heart attack,” reads the statement published by French news outlet, First Magazine.

Kouame’s death comes a month after his compatriot, Cheick Tiote, also collapsed and died during a training session.

Author: Yemi Olarinre